Sharath, a 19-year-old second year student of automobile engineering, had left his house at Ullal on his new motorbike at 6.30 pm on September 12, telling his parents that he was going to meet his friends. Earlier in the week, the victim, Sharath, was seen in a video asking his parents to pay Rs. 50 lakh as ransom to his kidnappers for his safe release.
According to reports, six persons, including a close relative of the teenager, have been arrested in relation to the murder.
A Keralite Income Tax officer's son, Sharath who was allegedly abducted from the city, was found dead on Friday, TV reports said.
Two days later, his parents received a video on WhatsApp in which he listed the demand for ransom, but reportedly appeared calm. Police said Vishal and his friends, Shantha Kumar, Vinay and Karan gathered near the RTO on September 10.
"The decomposed body has been handed over to the family after autopsy", said Prasad. They informed the police and a case was registered. All the details are correct."At one point, he looks off-camera and asks "Is that ok?"This morning, his body was found floating in a lake". Vishal told them about Sharath and his family's financial background. They later joined Shantha, Vikky and had a beer before they made Sharath get into a vehicle that Vikky had borrowed from his friend.More news: Zuckerberg vows to protect "election integrity"
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Vishal then instructed his accomplices to strangle Sharath. They then took out the decomposed body and went around the city for a day in a vehicle, and then buried it near a quarry at Ajjenahalli in Ramanagaram district, the police said.
A few days later, when they saw that the body had floated to the surface, they tied more boulders and stone slabs to it and dumped it into the lake again. Sharath Kumar was kidnapped in a sedan and was thereafter kept hostage in the vehicle, said police.
The mobile phone of the victim was switched off after the Whatsapp video was sent.
Following this, the youth's father Niranjan Kumar approached Jnanabharathi police station and filed a complaint.